Each of our organisations offer pre-booked visits on a range of themes. All the collections can be used to teach across different subjects and topics. Alternatively, you can combine visits to more than one collection.

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A bare tree in the desert by Ryan Cheng from Unsplashed
Free

How have people adapted to extreme environments such as deserts, jungles or polar regions? 

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Students on a trip at the MAA
Free

Use remarkable objects to build a timeline of Cambridge's history. 

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Students on a trip at the MAA
Free

Experience the diverse cultural life of West Africa.

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Kids exploring Kettle's Yard
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Roman busts at MOCA
Free

Learn about the Romans through our bust and sculptures.

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A cast of Zeus found in the museum
Free

Use the sculptures to learn about religion and the ancient Olympics.

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A young man looking at a dinosaur skull
Free

Discover just how long life on Earth has been around and why there is such a diversity of living things today using fossil evidence.

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Dinosaur bones on display at the museum
Free

How have scientific ideas about life in the very distant past changed?

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Fossils from Sedgwick
Free

A talk with object handling which emphasizes scientific enquiry and ideas and evidence.

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Fossils from Sedgwick
Free

Learn about fossils through creative word play. 

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Flint Photo by Benjamin Lambert on Unsplash
Free

Would humans be where we are today without flint?

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Rock samples
Free

Investigate the rocks beneath our feet and how the different families of rocks form.

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Blue Twisted Form by Merete Rasmussen
Free

Discover art from 1930 to present day within the museum collections.

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The Bridesmaid (1851) by John Everett Millais
Free

Take a thematic approach to explore art across many disciplines and periods from Neolithic Art to contemporary practice.

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 capriccio by giovanni paolo pannini
Free

Expand your understanding of interior and exterior spaces within the collection and within the building itself.

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bull statue
Free

Discover exotic beasts and strange creatures throoughout the museum.   

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The adoration of the shepherds by Jacopo Tintoretto
Free

Explore how do artists and makers make invisible ideas about God visible in this session which can explore Christian, Muslim or ancient beliefs.  

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Modern gallery in Fitz
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Build your confidence teaching in a museum or working with art through our INSET programme.

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The adoration of the shepherds by Jacopo Tintoretto
Free

Follow the nativity story through the paintings galleries from the Annunciation to the arrival of the three kings.  

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The crucifixion by Abraham Van Diepenbeeck
Free

Follow the dramatic events of Holy Week  from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection in this story session and introduce children to the museum collection.

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The Return from the Fields, 1886  Pierre-Auguste Renoir 1841 – 1919
Free

Follow the adventures of a young girl who visits Paris for the first time by looking at paintings in the French Impressionist gallery.   

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A beached whale
Free

Follow Jan on his journey of self discovery and adventure in this pirate tale using Dutch paintings in Gallery 15.

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The Thames at Richmond with the Old Royal Palace by Flemish School
Free

Journey into the world of chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses in this story session told in the Armoury and ceramics galleries.   

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Henry Percy, 9th Earl of Northumberland Sir Philip Sidney
Free

Explore the collections to illustrate Shakespeare's world in relation to specific artwork and plays. 

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Arabesque over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front Arabesque by Edgar Degas
Free

Discuss shape, form, texture and materials and discover sculpture from ancient to modern.

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Image of a grave yard painted
Free

Explore the collections to trace the birth of Modernism through Art and Literature in Northern Europe.

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Claude Monet painting for Poplar Trees
Free

Explore colour and pigments within the collection in relation to different art historical periods.

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Wherries at anchor on Breydon Water, by John Sell Cotman
Free

Explore paintings to inspire vocabulary and create stories, dialogue or poetry.  

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The Bride by Raffaele Monti - bust of a vailed bride looking down
Free

Explore the use and properties of different materials including metals, clay and paint throughout the museum.

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View of the Grand Canal and the Dogana Bernardo Bellottoabout 1743
Free

Use paintings to stimulate vocabulary and create group poems.

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-82), Ricorditi di me che son la Pia (from Dante’s Purgatorio), 1868
Free

Discover the work of major 18th Century artists and thinkers and link these to significant historic events.

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barometer
Free

Travelling back in time to Scott's Terra Nova Expedition, your students will take on the roles of Edwardian scientists studying meteorology, geology, glaciology, zoology and navigation.

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Googles worn on polar expedition
Free

Step by step, problem by problem we travel through the story of Scott’s last expedition.

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Googles worn on expedition from the polar museum
Free

A whistle-stop tour of the polar regions including the life of Arctic peoples, history of polar exploration, research, politics and modern day science. From cannibalism to naked statues, this tour includes the grizzly and the ghastly...

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Child dressed up in polar explorer gear at the Polar museum
Free

Travelling back in time to the heroic era of Antarctic polar exploration (Scott and/or Shackleton), your students will pack for an imaginary expedition, get kitted up in some modern polar gear and take part in an interactive historic survival story. This session can be adapted to match your curriculum. 

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microscopes
Free

Become familiar with the history of microscopy and make your own observations of the miniature world.

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A child looking through cabinets at Whipple
Free

Explore how optical scientific instruments can change how we see the world around us.

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A globe on display at the Whipple Museum
Free

What scientific instruments helped explorers travel the world. 

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Inside the Whipple Museum
Free

In this hands of session, students will focus on the achievements of scientists who worked in Cambridge and how their discoveries have contributed to the development of science.

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Coloured light by Photo by Dave Sebele on Unsplash
Free

During this session students will look at telescopes, microscopes and sundials to explore light sources, reflection and shadows.

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Mars globe
Free

Explore how technology has changed through time and learn more about key inventions such as microscopes, telescopes, globes and calculators.

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A model of the solar system
Free

Find out how people learned about the solar system before space telescopes and spaceships were invented.

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busts from MOCA
Free

These tours are popular with schools studying Classical Civilisation but they also serve as a great introduction to the subject for students of any discipline. 

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Totem pole, face carved into wood
Free

Learn about the Native American and First Nation cultures through fascinating objects and hands-on activity.

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Inside the MAA museum looking at local cambridge exhibit
Free

Using the Benin objects on display at MAA, students will consider problems with the representation of cultures, the history of colonial collecting practices and current issues with repatriation.

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Visitor doing some sketching inside the MAA museum
Free

What is the role of museums in society?

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Objects in the MAA
Free

Through enquiry based learning and handling real artefacts, students will discover how Archaeologists and Anthropologists use objects to learn about people.

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Explorers
Free

Learn about the people of the world and the journeys of famous European explorers.

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Stone Age artefact from the museum
Free

Use your senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past.

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Day of the dead skeleton
Free

Explore the different ways in which people in the past have prepared their dead.

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A Skeleton
Free

What was life like in Roman Britain?

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Students on a trip at the MAA
Free

Learn about the lives, art, culture and settlements of Anglo-Saxons and Vikings through burials.

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Visitors taking photos in the gallery
Free

What can the ways people across cultures modify, decorate and transform their bodies tell us?

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local history display at MAA
Free

Learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

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Globe on display at the Whipple
Free

Get a glimpse of science from the diverse perspectives of colonial forces and native peoples. 

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Bee on flower at Botanical Gardens

Keep an eye on our website for the latest information on our new learning programme.

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Inside the Whipple Museum
Free

Learn how sound is made, travels and is heard. 

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Colour pin wheel
Free

Learn how, and why, we see colour.

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Papier-mâché anatomical model of a human c. 1890
Free

Explore how revolutionary discoveries affected the development of new medical and anatomical knowledge.

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Darwins beetles
Free

This taught session focuses on the impact and legacy of the theory of evolution by natural selection.

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Anthropology, Archaeology, and Identity
Free

Examine the relationship between museums and indigenous peoples.

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The Braddyll Family by Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)
Free

An introduction to looking at portraits.

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Adventures in Art
Free

Explore the museum collections playfully through stories, puzzles and quests in a selection of sessions for children in the Foundation Stage. 

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The Ancient Egyptians
Free

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Egyptian beliefs, technology and everyday life.

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Edgar Degas (1834-1917), At the Café, c.1875 – 7 (detail)
Free

Explore original paintings by artists such as Monet, Degas and Seurat and investigate why they look the way that they do by thinking about colour, technique and subject matter.

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Head of Antinous
Free

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Greek beliefs, technology and everyday life. 

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The Twins, Kate and Grace Hoare John Everett Millais (1829–1896)
Free

What do portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character? How do artists show differences between people and what they are feeling?

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Herakles, wrestling with Antaeus
Free

Look closely at the objects in the galleries to discover more about Ancient Roman beliefs, technology and everyday life.

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Unknown Lady (perhaps Lady Jane Grey), by Hans Ewouts
Free

Explore life in Tudor England by looking at portraits and armour. This session includes the opportunity for pupils to look at replica costumes. 

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Painting of Popular Trees by Claude Monet
Free

Work with conservators to explore colour and pigments within the collection (by special arrangement only).

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Modern gallery in Fitzwilliam
Free

Research our collections as part of your project brief with support from our Learning Team.

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 Jake by Frank Auerbach, a loose portrait of man drawn with thick black lines layered frantically
Free

Link your current art theme to the wealth of artefacts within the museum collection.

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the last of england by ford maddox brown, riding in carriage
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A large sailing ship caught among ice, "Arctic Adventure" (1677) by Dutch artist Abraham Hondius.
Free

Investigate different types of journey as you move around the museum; from holidays at the seaside, to bugs and beetles finding food and soldiers marching into battle.

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outside the fitzwilliam museum
Free

Discover how the Fitzwilliam Museum grew from an idea to what you see today in this new session designed for the Museum's 200th birthday celebrations.

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Elizabeth Vernon, Countess of Southampton circa 1603
Free

Investigate what portraits tell us about people, who they are and what is their character and explore how artists show differences between people and what they are feeling.

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Tiziano Vecellio (Titian)  Venus and Cupid with a lute-player
Free

Why, how and what do artists paint? Explore how artists use line, shape, colour, texture and composition to express their ideas.

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Dancer (Arabesque Over the Right Leg, Left Arm in Front)  Edgar Degas 1834-1917  Paris, c.1882-95     Red wax and wire
Free

Investigate shape, form, texture and materials to discover sculpture in the museum from ancient to modern.

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Inside the zoology museum - skeletons on display
Free

School visits, workshops and self-led activities at the Zoology Museum. 

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Artefact from MAA
Free

Find out about the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica and South America.

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The Stuarts

This collection inspired session offers an insight into the court culture of Stuart Britain and the events leading up to the Civil War in 1642.

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The Victorians

An exploration of life in Victorian England through the portraits, landscapes and story paintings in Gallery 2 at the Fitzwilliam Museum.

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